Selflessness

The varieties of selflessness

Many authors argue that conscious experience involves a sense of self or self-consciousness. According to the strongest version of this claim, there can be no *selfless states of consciousness*, namely states of consciousness that lack …

The Varieties of Selflessness

Psychedelics, Meditation and Self-Consciousness

In recent years, the scientific study of meditation and psychedelic drugs has seen remarkable developments. The increased focus on meditation in cognitive neuroscience has led to a cross-cultural classification of standard meditation styles validated …

Looking for the self: Phenomenology, neurophysiology and philosophical significance of drug-induced ego dissolution

There is converging evidence that high doses of hallucinogenic drugs can produce significant alterations of self-experience, described as the dissolution of the sense of self and the loss of boundaries between self and world. This article discusses …